Local History

24 March 2016

Before job centres, young people across rural England could find work on local farms by attending a hiring fair. In this week’s blog post, Alan Crosby reflects on this strange, bygone tradition...

17 March 2016

The centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising provides family historians with even more opportunities to investigate their 20th-century Irish ancestors. Nicola Morris reveals five types of records that can help you discover more

17 March 2016

In this week's column, Alan reveals how delving into a cache of parish magazines helped him unravel the story of a Lancashire community during the First World War

10 March 2016

Despite the recent release of millions of parish registers online, Alan is still unable to find anything out about his Irish great great grandmother's early life. Should he admit defeat?

03 March 2016

This week, columnist Alan Crosby came across a bizarre tale of bigamy and deception in 19th-century Northern Ireland. Can you help him find out more about the story?

25 February 2016

While trawling through some old newspapers, Alan Crosby found an intriguing advert for a "Matrimonial Alliance Office" – the Victorian equivalent of a modern dating agency

25 February 2016

Hit a brick wall trying to trace your ancestor's birth record? Who Do You Think You Are? TV series genealogist Laura Berry reveals her top tips for finding those elusive documents...

17 February 2016

Alan Crosby pays tribute to his friend and towering figure of family history, David Hey, who died last week

08 February 2016

After a false start, Alan Crosby finally returns to helping out his wife Jacquie with her own family history research

04 February 2016

Genealogy tech expert Nick Peers shares his views on the decision, which will see Family Tree Maker and its key features taken on by new publishers

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